After a suspenseful tie and two back to back Super Overs, Kings XI Punjab edge out a remarkable win over Mumbai Indians at the Dubai International Stadium.
Winning the toss and deciding to bat first, the table-toppers Mumbai Indians were confident to sweep up two points as they cruised to a total of 176, courtesy of a brilliant fifty from de Kock and some huge hits from Kieron Pollard (12-ball-34*) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (24*-off-12) at the end.
Mohammed Shami picked the wickets of Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya, while the youngster Arshdeep Singh sent Ishan Kishan as well as the MI skipper Rohit Sharma back to the dugout.
KXIP captain KL Rahul took the charge of the chase with a substantial 51-ball-77, while Chris Jordan and Deepak Hooda’s efforts in the dead overs saw the scores tied at 176.
Jasprit Bumrah shined once again with triple strikes, picking Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran, while Rahul Chahar secured the wickets of Chris Gayle and Glenn Maxwell.
First Super Over: Scores tied on 5 runs
KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran marched to the 22 yards to face Jasprit Bumrah, who picked two wickets to bind KXIP on 5 runs. Surprisingly, the Rohit-de Kock duo failed to reach the target of six as a brilliant Mohammed Shami limit the MI batting duo two 5 runs, the match went into another tiebreaker.
Second Super Over: Mayank and Gayle hit it home
Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya were up next for the second super over, as Rahul chose Chris Jordan to take charge of the bowling. However, a superb fielding effort from Mayank denied Pollard a six in the last ball, as MI finished on 11. KXIP’s spell started with a missile from Chris Gayle, followed by two consecutive fours from Mayank that brought Punjab the much-needed victory.
Mumbai Indians- 176/6 (20 overs) (Quinton de Kock 53; Mohammed Shami 2-30)
Kings XI Punjab- 176/6 (20 overs) (K. L. Rahul 77, Jasprit Bumrah 3-24)